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What to do when Your Kids Don't Want To Follow Your Homeschool Plans

Isn't it frustrating when you have the perfect homeschooling day set up, and your kids have other ideas for how the day is going to go? I admit that I am a bit of a control freak. I like being the boss and having things go according to how I have planned. The problem is my kids are often not on the same wavelength as me and would rather do a million other things than the lessons I planned for the day.


Sound familiar? If not, then this post isn't for you. However if you are on the same struggle bus, then I have some insight that might make your days go a little easier.


Exercise First

I have been homeschooling for the past 5 years and have taught in the classroom for several years before that. I know how hard it is for kids to get into work mode first thing in the morning. One way that I have been able to get my kids firing, if not on all cylinders, then at least on more than one, is to get their bodies moving. If you can get outside, go for it. It doesn't need to be intense. Maybe a scooter ride around the block, or a walk, hopscotch, shooting some hoops, or jumping rope. According to this article, "Exercising before school can ease kids' anxiety, and prime their brain for learning."


If you can't get outside because of weather, there are plenty of ways to move your body indoors. Have a dance party, pushup contest, pillow fight, jumping jacks, crab walk, bear crawls, mountain climbers, etc. You are creative and you know who is even more creative? Your kids. Ask them and I'm sure they can give you lots of ideas of how to move inside.